At the end of the world – why Sagres is a perfect holiday destination in Portugal

 

On Born Globals I’ve taken you on a trip to Portugal a few times already. Today we’ll go there again to a small village at the end of the world called Sagres. Why do I say “end of the world”? Just look…

Sagres, Portugalia

Sagres is located at extreme southwest of Portugal in Algarve region. Further on there’s only ocean and America 🙂 It’s only 6 km from St. Vincent Cape, the most south-western part of continental Europe. We spent six days there and we really didn’t have time to be bored there! Each and every tourist will find something for him in this village

 

What to do in Sagres?

1. Visiting beaches and sunbathing

These of you who like resting on the beach will be really amazed. In Sagres there are three beautiful, huge, sandy beaches. The best thing is that when we were there in September they were almost totally empty.

Praia da Mareta

It is located the closest to Sagres center. They say it’s the most crowded one. We haven’t noticed 🙂

Praia da Mareta
Praia da Mareta
Praia da Mareta
Praia da Mareta

Praia da Martinhal

This one is located in the eastern part of Sagres. It’s not easy to find it, but it’s really beautiful! We were unlucky this time, when we arrived there the sky got cloudy, the wind got stronger and it was quite cold. After a speedy retreat we warmed ourselves up with some Portuguese wine – not bad at all 🙂

Praia da Martinhal
Praia da Martinhal

Praia do Tonel

It’s located at the other side of Sagres. There are the best conditions for surfing and there’s so many of surfers! And the beach itself is picturesque between big cliffs. St. Vincent Cape is visible from there.

Praia do Tonel
Praia do Tonel

Praia do Beliche

Another fantastic beach is located about 4 kilometers from Sagres towards the Cape. Another surfing paradise. We didn’t sunbathe there, but we were watching it from cliffs on a cloudy day 🙂

Praia do Beliche
Praia do Beliche

“Ok, what if I don’t like beaches?” you may ask. Let me explain further 🙂

2. Water sports

You could’ve realized already that a very popular sport in Sagres is surfing. You can rent a board or assign for a course. It’s also possible to take a “SUP tour”. SUP stands for stand-up paddling. During the tour you stand on a wide board and move yourself forward with a paddle. And you can go to amazing caves hidden in the cliffs… Breathtaking. I regret so much that we couldn’t do that. The conditions have to be opportune, the ocean has to be calm. Unfortunately, when we were there the waves were too high to do the tour safely. It’s a pity…

Source of the picture: http://www.coastlinealgarve.com/#!coast-grottoes-tour/c1xxa
Source of the picture: http://www.coastlinealgarve.com/#!coast-grottoes-tour/c1xxa

“I don’t like water. What can I do now?” In this case…

3. Bike tour

It’s possible to rent some very good mountain bikes in Sagres. It costs 14 euros per 24 hours. And biking terrians are amazing! Check our biking trip along Rota Vincentina to Carrapateira.

There are also group biking trips with a guide available. It costs more then, we could do that for 40 euro. We weren’t interested, but if someone feels safer this way, it’s possible 🙂

“But I don’t like biking”. Then…

4. Walking around Sagres

Sagres is a place where you can admire really breathtaking views. When the weather was worse and the waves very high, we went for a walk towards the Cape, to Praia do Beliche. We were walking along the cliffs and I couldn’t stop watching.

A walk from Sagres to Cabo de Sao Vincente
A walk from Sagres to Cabo de Sao Vincente
A walk from Sagres to Cabo de Sao Vincente
A walk from Sagres to Cabo de Sao Vincente
A walk from Sagres to Cabo de Sao Vincente
A walk from Sagres to Cabo de Sao Vincente

5. Visiting Fortaleza de Sagres fortress

The original fortress was built in Sagres in XVth century, in this building there was the oldest cartography school in the world. It was destroyed in XVI century by an English captain Francis Drake and then destroyed again by an earthquake in XVIII century. Nowadays, only a church inside the fortress is originally from XV century. The entrance costs 3 euro, inside we can see the church, an obelisk with which portugese explorers marked new lands, some cannons – and above all, great views again.

Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
A flag in Fortaleza de Sagres
A flag in Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortaleza de Sagres

“Ok, it’s not bad, but I’m still not fully convinced”.

5. Sunsets in Sagres

People living in Sagres claim it’s the most beautiful spot in the world to watch the sunset. I’m sure there’s a lot of amazing sunset places out there but really, it’s great to watch it from the cliff with cliffs around.

Sunset in Sagres
Sunset in Sagres
Sunset in Sagres Portugal
Sunset in Sagres Portugal
Sunset in Sagres
Sunset in Sagres
Sunset in Sagres
Sunset in Sagres

So, did I convince you? I hope so! Last encouragement may be the fact that one of two portugese beer brands is called… Sagres 🙂 And I’ll just add:

How to get to Sagres?

You can reach Sagres directly only from a bigger city located around 40 km further east – Lagos. The buses are quite frequent, you can check the timetable here. Lagos can be easily reached by bus or train from Lisbon and Faro.
So, when are you going?! 🙂 Or do you know other places where everybody can find something for himself, regardless what kind of tourist he is? Let me know!

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